16 stars you probably forgot were in ‘X-Men’ movies

Wolverine with a young Magneto and Charles Xavier in

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Wolverine with a young Magneto and Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
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  • There have been 12 “X-Men” movies released since 2000.
  • “Dark Phoenix” is the latest installment.
  • While some actors are in multiple movies and are more recognizable, fans may have forgotten some of the other stars who have appeared.
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Twelve “X-Men” movies have been released over the past 19 years.

Some actors like Hugh Jackman (who plays Wolverine) and Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier) have appeared in multiple movies and are known for their iconic performances. But other actors who have played mutants or cameoed in some of the franchise’s films may have been forgotten.

For example, a young Troye Sivan appeared in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” while Zoë Kravitz starred in “X-Men: First Class.”

“Dark Phoenix,” the latest installment in the franchise, is in theaters now.

Here are 16 stars you may have forgotten appeared in “X-Men” movies.


Alan Cumming played Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler in 2003s “X-2.”

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Alan Cumming in “X-2.”
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The Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actor was almost unrecognizable as a blue mutant with the ability to teleport himself and others in the second “X-Men” movie.


Kelsey Grammer transformed into Hank McCoy aka Beast in “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

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Kelsey Grammer in “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
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It took about three hours for the “Fraiser” star to get into his blue makeup, prosthetics, and wig.


Eric Dane played James Madrox aka Multiple Man in “The Last Stand.”

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Eric Dane in “The Last Stand.”
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The “Grey’s Anatomy” star didn’t have many scenes in the movie, but his character was memorable for having the ability to make multiple copies of himself.


Troye Sivan appeared in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as Young Logan.

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Troye Sivan in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
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Sivan has continued to act but he’s also a musician who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his song featured in “Boy Erased,” a movie in which he also starred.


Liev Schreiber played Wolverine’s half-brother, Victor Creed aka Sabretooth, in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

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Liev Schreiber in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
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The movie is set around two decades before the events of “X-Men.”


Taylor Kitsch played Remy LeBeau aka Gambit in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

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Taylor Kitsch in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
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Gambit was supposed to get a movie, but the “Friday Night Lights” star wouldn’t return. Instead, Channing Tatum would take on the mantle. But when Disney bought Fox, the movie was officially canceled.


Ryan Reynolds is known for playing Deadpool, but his first appearance as Wade Wilson was in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

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Ryan Reynolds in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
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Deadpool got a complete makeover for the “Deadpool” movies.


Will.i.am made his film debut as John Wraith in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

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Will.i.am in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
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Wraith was a teleporting mutant.


Dominic Monaghan appeared in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as Chris Bradley.

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Dominic Monaghan in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
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Bradley was a mutant who could manipulate energy.


Caleb Landry Jones was Sean Cassidy aka Banshee in “X-Men: First Class.”

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Caleb Landry Jones in “X-Men: First Class.”
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The “Get Out” actor didn’t return for any other “X-Men” movies as his character was killed off-screen.


Zoë Kravitz played Angel Salvadore in “X-Men: First Class.”

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Zoë Kravitz in “X-Men: First Class.”
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The “Big Little Lies” actress didn’t return to “X-Men” as her character was also killed off-screen.


Annabelle Wallis played Amy, a young woman with heterochromia (different colored eyes), in “X-Men: First Class.”

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Annabelle Wallis in “X-Men: First Class.”
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The “Peaky Blinders” actress plays a young woman Charles Xavier tries to hit on in a bar.


Peter Dinklage appeared in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” as military scientist Bolivar Trask.

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Peter Dinklage in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
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The “Game of Thrones” star played the head of Trask Industries, a company that creates robots called Sentinels that hunt mutants.


Lana Condor joined the “X-Men” as Jubilee in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

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Lana Condor in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
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The “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” star didn’t reprise her role in “Dark Phoenix.”


Brad Pitt briefly appears in “Deadpool 2” as Vanisher.

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Brad Pitt in “Deadpool 2.”
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Pitt isn’t actually seen at all in the film until his character is electrocuted and dies.


A disguised Matt Damon makes a cameo in “Deadpool 2” as a blue-collar guy.

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Matt Damon in “Deadpool 2.”
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He was credited as Dickie Greenleaf, the name of a character in “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” which starred Damon.